Bishop Joseph E. Strickland

Birthday: 31 October 1958
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Master’s of Divinity – Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Licentiate in Canon Law – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Ordination: 1 June 1985
Episcopate: 28 November 2012
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Bishop Joseph E. Strickland on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • On January 14, 2019, Bishop Strickland tweeted, “Once again as a bishop of the Church I add my voice to the plea of Archbishop Vigano. He speaks of ETERNAL SALVATION, language seldom heard throughout this nightmare. In New Letter, Archbishop Viganò Calls on McCarrick to Publicly Repent.” Strickland then provided a link to a letter released by Archbishop Vigano. (Twitter)
  • On September 19, 2018, Bishop Strickland tweeted that he “prays” Theodore McCarrick will publicly confess his sins for the “sake of his immortal soul” and for “the sake of the Bride of Christ, the Catholic Church.” (Bishop Strickland)
  • On September 8, Bishop Strickland became the third U.S. Bishop to call for a cancelation of the 2018 Youth Synod in Rome. In a tweet, Strickland called for synod to be “replaced with an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to deal with the abuse crisis in the Church. This crisis must be addressed!!! NO to business as usual” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Strickland was one of the first bishops in the United States to strongly support Archbishop Vigano. “Let us be clear that they are still allegations but as your shepherd I find them to be credible,” he said. “Using this standard the response must be a thorough investigation.” I “do not have the authority to launch such an investigation,” Bishop Strickland continued, “but I will lend my voice in whatever way necessary to call for this investigation and urge that it’s findings demand accountability of all found to be culpable even at the highest levels of the Church.” (LifeSiteNews)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • In a 2019 interview, Bishop Strickland stated that he believes the issue of abortion should take priority over other issues such as immigration. He called abortion a “foundational” issue because unborn children are the “most vulnerable” in our society. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2016, Bishop Strickland posted a tweet calling the group, Catholic for Choice, “absurd.” Strickland stated that the “murder of the unborn is a sin that no Catholic can justly choose.” (BishopStrickland.com)

Homosexuality

Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • At a November 2018 USCCB meeting, Bishop Strickland spoke out against his fellow priests and bishops who are soft on homosexuality. He stated, “It’s part of our deposit of faith that we believe homosexuality is immoral.” Strickland acknowledged that those with homosexual tendencies need “great care” but the “real care comes with acknowledging the sin.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • On November 13, 2018, Bishop Strickland prayed alongside lay Catholics who were frustrated with how the abuse crisis has been handle outside a US bishops’ meeting. At this event, he urged his fellow bishops to uphold the Deposit of Faith saying, “If you look at most issues, the truth is pretty clear. It’s tough, it’s hard to live, but look at the moral teaching of the Church on sexuality, it’s really pretty clear…any sexual immorality is sinful.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Strickland wrote an in-depth, lengthy statement explaining and strongly defending Church teaching on marriage after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2015. Strickland said the ruling was “unjust.” He called on homosexuals to live chaste lives and banned clergy and employees of the diocese from participating in any way in same-sex ceremonies. (Diocese of Tyler)
  • Bishop Strickland told Catholics in his diocese that “the solemnizing” of homosexual relationships is intrinsically immoral, and that there are no grounds for considering gay “unions” to be “in any way similar to God’s plan for marriage and the family.” (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • During a 2019 interview with LifeSiteNews, Bishop Strickland expressed the need for bishops to abide by Canon 915. He stated that it is the “obligation” of a bishop to “lovingly challenge people who are wandering from the fold and bring them back.” Strickland said part of this “medicinal process” is to deny Communion for Catholic politicians who continue to support abortion. (LifeSiteNews)
  • During the summer 2019 USCCB meeting, Bishop Strickland called on his brother bishops to “challenge” Catholic politicians who are “at opposition to the basic sanctity of life.” He argued that the faithful need to see a “consistent message” from their bishops and politicians. (LifeSiteNews)
  • On January 25, 2019, Bishop Strickland tweeted, “Woe to those who ignore the sanctity of life, they reap the whirlwind of Hell,” in response to the state of New York passing a bill that allows abortion up until birth. He also retweeted Bishop Rick Stika’s call for excommunicating those who voted for and signed the bill into law. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Strickland issued a statement in February of 2018 defending what he called the “primary importance” of protecting human life from conception until natural death in the United States. Strickland quoted St. John Paul II and the Catechism, and urged every adult Catholic to “vigorously defend life” in the public square and in the voting booth. (Diocese of Tyler)
  • On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2018, Strickland tweeted: “let us recognize that the evil road to abortion on demand begins with contraception on demand….both ignore the will of God and deify the will of man and thus promote a culture of death.” (Twitter)

Contraception

Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • Bishop Strickland praised Humanae Vitae and urged married couples to reject contraception – which he said was intrinsically evil – and be open to life during a sermon he gave on the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in 2018. He also said Catholics who use artificial methods of contraception should not receive Holy Communion. (LifeSiteNews)
  • On June 14, 2018, Bishop Strickland tweeted: “As the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae approaches I join Archbishop Naumann in his teaching and pray that many bishops may join us in proclaiming this challenging and beautiful truth.” Naumann had just given an interview where he said using contraception is always evil. (Twitter)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • In June 2019, Bishop Strickland came out in support of Bishop Tobin’s tweet encouraging Catholics to not attend “LGBT Pride Month” events. Strickland affirmed that Tobin was “speaking for one truth of the deposit of faith” and called the Church’s teaching on homosexuality “simply reality. (LifeSiteNews)

Liturgy

Promotes reverent liturgy
  • In 2019, Bishop Strickland supported Cardinal Muller after he stated that no pope or council could permit female deacons. Strickland thanked Muller for his “clarity and strength” and prayed that “all would heed his message as he guards the deposit of faith.” (Twitter)
  • On the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima in 2017, Bishop Strickland consecrated his diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Strickland said that Mary’s Immaculate Heart serves “as a remedy against the evil and darkness that seem to be growing each day.” (BishopStrickland.com)
  • Bishop Strickland told Our Sunday Visitor during a 2017 interview that the liturgy is the “foundation,” the “very core” of being Catholic. Strickland said the way Catholics pray shapes their faith, and can help them recognize the sacredness in the liturgy. It is critical that Catholics understand Christ is really present in the sacraments, especially in the consecrated bread and wine, he added. (Our Sunday Visitor)
  • Bishop Strickland requested that every parish in his diocese arrange for a procession on the Sunday of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Strickland called for a procession as it is a “teaching witness to ourselves and to the world of our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.” (Catholic East Texas)

Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • Bishop Strickland urged Catholics in 2019 to change the way they speak about sexual intimacy. He wrote that Catholics should replace the work “sex” with “the marital act” because “only in the context of the marriage of a man and a woman does the sexual act fulfill God’s plan.” (Twitter)
  • In a 2019 interview, Bishop Strickland stated that marriage and family form the foundation for Christian society. Bishop Strickland also spoke of a comprehensive diocesan evangelization plan which includes a year of marriage formation that incorporates natural family planning and the teachings of Humanae Vitae. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In an April 2019 interview with LifeSiteNews, Bishop Strickland commented on how he would minister to those in same-sex relationships seeking to be faithful Catholics. Strickland stated, “we respect the individual, but the greatest respect is to share the truth with them that we believe they’re called to chastity,” and he added, “Marriage, between a man and a woman, as the Church defines it — a permanent lifetime commitment open to children — that’s the only place for sexual intimacy.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Strickland serves on the episcopal advisory board of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, a grassroots organization founded in 2001 that promotes marriage prep, seminars and education cirriculum across the United States rooted in Theology of the Body. (Theology of the Body Evangelization Team)
  • In a 2017 pastoral letter, Bishop Strickland stated that marriage preparation is “perhaps the most important project” the Diocese of Tyler undertakes. Strickland acknowledged that the “intense attacks” on Christian marriages in today’s society makes it “imperative” that the diocese improves it efforts “to build and nurture strong Christian marriages.” (Catholic East Texas)
  • In response to the “intense assault upon sexual chastity” in today’s society, Bishop Strickland requires all engaged couples in his diocese to receive complete training in Natural Family Planning. (Catholic East Texas)

Education

Upholds Church teaching on education
  • In May 2017, Bishop Strickland published a 30-year educational plan for his diocese aimed at combating unbelief, indifference, and ignorance of the Catholic faith. The comprehensive plan establishes a wide-range of programs faithful to the Church’s teachings on marriage, catechesis, the liturgy, and evangelization. (Diocese of Tyler)